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“‘Anti-Hitler’ Mein Kampf? Germany to republish Nazi leader’s manifesto after 70 years…”

I’m shocked. Skeptic about any good could come out of this monstrosity, even if “annotated”…
The Bavarian authorities seem to have lost their commonsense, for a start. Is this something posterity can’t live without?
What is YOUR opinion? Is it appropriate, given the racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic overtones felt like ripples following an evil earthquake, to still do this?
I’m open to any -decent- discussion…
http://rt.com/news/234179-hitler-mein-kampf-germany/

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«Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ will be published in Germany for the first time since World War II, though scholars have heavily annotated the 2016 edition, turning the Nazi leader’s infamous manifesto into an “anti-Hitler” text.

Researchers at the Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) have been preparing the edition since 2010 in anticipation of the expiration of the copyright deadline for the book, which comes 70 years after the author’s death.

Hitler shot himself on April 30, 1945 as advancing Soviet troops were engaged in street battles with Nazi forces just several blocks away from his bunker in Berlin.

IfZ deputy director, Magnus Brechtken, told The Local website that the new ‘Mein Kampf’ edition will consist of two volumes, totaling 2,000 pages.

Less than a half of those pages will be occupied by Hitler’s original 27 chapters, with the rest being made up of around 5,000 comments by the academics, an introduction and the index.

Last year, IfZ director Andreas Wirsching, said that the institute have turned its edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ into “an anti-Hitler text.”

The German State of Bavaria currently owns the rights for the book, but they expire at the end of 2015.

Bavarian authorities initially supported the republication of ‘Mein Kampf’, promising to invest €500,000 into the project in 2012.

State of Bavaria minister-president, Horst Seehofer, however, ultimately changed his stance on the project after a trip to Israel.

In 2014, justice ministers from all the German states ruled to prolong the ban on publishing non-annotated copies of “Mein Kampf” in the country.

Issuing an unedited copy of the book will result in prosecution for incitement to hatred, the ministers warned.

A spokeswoman for the Bavarian justice ministry said IfZ’s academic edition of Hitler’s work should be legal under certain conditions.

‘Mein Kampf’, which Hitler wrote while in prison after a failed coup attempt, was first issued in 1925, presenting the basics of his National Socialist ideology, which was later accepted by Nazi Germany.

The book is forbidden as extremist across the EU, in Russia, China, Argentina and many other countries.

Mein Kampf’ is available in most libraries in the US and is freely distributed, however, due to the country’s strong free speech protections. It sells around 15,000 copies annually.»

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“​Payback time? Greek PM seeks reparations over Nazi occupation & war-time loan…”

Well, well, well…
I remember sayin’ it a couple of days ago, that what seemed to be a Russian stunt in the beginning, may turn into an internationally legitimate outcry for a justice Germany hoped to have been brushed under history’s dirty rug…
Please someone help me understand, why would individual nazi war criminals need to be chased and prosecuted for crimes against humanity, while the common denominator of these mass assassins, Germany, is still at large, happily collecting interests on loans given to nations they themselves have left devastated and bankrupt?
«Berlin has vehemently refused to consider the payment of any reparations. “Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the question of reparations has lost legitimacy,” a German finance ministry spokesman declared recently.»
Wow, someone really needs to believe themselves to be untouchable Übermensch, above any ethical obligation, moral, civil or any other law, to have the shamelessness to declare such an enormity.
Payback time?
I hope so…

http://rt.com/news/230479-greece-tsipras-germany-nazi/

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Reuters / Francois Lenoir)

«Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, referring to Nazi Germany’s four-year occupation of Greece and a forced war-time loan during World War II that saddled the Greek economy in huge debt, wants Berlin to pay reparations.
Tsipras, leader of the anti-austerity Syriza party, said Athens had a “historical obligation” to claim from Germany billions of euros in reparations for the physical and financial destruction committed during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Greece.
Beyond the historical obligation, he said Greece had “a moral obligation to our people, to history, to all European peoples who fought and gave their blood against Nazism,” he said in a keynote address to parliament on Sunday.
The Greek leader’s comments have resonated far beyond Athens as they place the issue of his country’s recent massive bailout at the behest of international creditors in a whole new light.
After Nazi forces took control of Greece in 1941, the stage was set for one of the bloodiest confrontations of World War II as Greek resistance fighters put up a fierce struggle to end the occupation.They were powerless, however, to prevent the Third Reich from extracting an interest-free 476 million Reichsmarks loan from the Greek central bank, which devastated the Greek economy.
A 2012 report by the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, estimated the value of the loan at US$8.25 billion. Greece, however, puts the value of the loan at €11 billion, the To Vima newspaper reported in January, citing confidential financial documents.
Tsipras claims Germany owes Greece around €162 billion ($183 billion) – about half the country’s debt load, which is estimated at over €315 billion.
The figure is said to cover €108 billion for infrastructure damage wrought by the occupying Nazi forces between 1941 and the end of the war, and €54 billion as compensation for the unpaid loan.
Berlin has vehemently refused to consider the payment of any reparations. “Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the question of reparations has lost legitimacy,” a German finance ministry spokesman declared recently.
German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel also denies any opportunity of making payments to Greece, as the treaty signed in 1990 did not outline any additional payments in the future.
“The probability is zero,” he said.
However, Greece does not agree and says the payments must be discussed with united Germany – not with the nation as it was in 1990.
On 25 January 2015, Tsipras led Syriza to a stunning victory, attracting 36 percent of the vote and 149 out of the 300 seats in the parliament. Now, the energetic 40-year-old prime minister aims to make good on his pledge to eliminate unpopular austerity measures demanded by the global financial lenders in return for massive loan bailouts.
At the same time, the new Greek government said it would not accept the latest tranche of the IMF bailout valued at €7 billion.
On May 1, 2010, former Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a fourth round of austerity measures, which included steeper public sector pay cuts, pension reductions and new taxes on corporate profits. These measures prompted a nationwide strike on 5 May, which led to the death of three activists as the demonstrations turned violent.
Understanding that austerity measures cannot resolve Greece’s problems, Syriza hopes to refill government coffers by issuing treasury bills.
“We only have one commitment: to serve the interests of our people, the good of society,” Tsipras said, while emphasizing the “irreversible decision” of his government to carry out its campaign promises.»

“Russian nationalists suggest enormous lawsuit against Germany over WWII damages…”

Germany seems to have accessed again, an amount of wealth and power, none of the other participants in WWII would have dreamed about, except maybe for the US, which for reasons less than altruistic actually launched back -both economically and politically- Europe’s most beligerant power, on its track of dominance and control…
None of these would have been possible without the dignified and humble quietness of those “other” countries, which are still struggling to crawl back to levels of civilisation crushed under the merciless boots of Wermacht and Waffen SS.
All that quietness, came with some sort of justified expectation, that forgiveness and forgetfulness shall be met by some sort of self conscious, sympathetic restraint from Germany, that all the irreversible wrongs they have inflicted upon innocent others, will not escalate in less than one generation, back into a position of power justly referred sometimes, as the successful 4th Reich…
And since such justified expectation doesn’t seem to have been even considered, the generation of victims still alive, and their children, shall raise to ask, and further to demand back what’s been taken from them, only to be turned into whips slashing open wounds still painfully healing…

http://rt.com/politics/228851-russia-germany-war-compensation/

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“Picture: RIA Novosti/Andrei Aleksandrov

A lawmaker representing the populist LDPR nationalist party wants to calculate all damages inflicted by Nazi Germany on Russia during World War II, in order to slap Berlin with a lawsuit that could amount to €4 trillion.

“Germany didn’t pay any reparations to the USSR to compensate for destruction and brutalities committed during the Second World War. The Yalta agreement allowed the USSR to seize some German assets from the Soviet occupation sector, but these were mostly industrial machinery, furniture and clothing, that could be considered spoils of war and that could not compensate for the damage inflicted to the Soviet economy by the war,” MP Mikhail Degtyaryov said in an interview with the Izvestia daily.

Degtyaryov also elaborated that after the war the USSR entered an agreement with East Germany to stop reparation payments, but no such treaties were made with the Federal Republic of Germany. This fact makes it legally possible to file a lawsuit against the modern unified Germany, which is the same state.

The MP quoted the verdict of the Soviet government commission that evaluated the damages from WWII as 30 percent of the national wealth. In particular, the Nazi aggressors destroyed 1,710 Soviet cities and towns, 70,000 villages, 32,000 factories and 100,000 collective farms.

In addition to huge material losses, the USSR lost a tremendous amount of people to the war, Degtyaryov noted. “What we have now is that Germany repaid compensations over 6 million victims of the Holocaust but ignored the deaths of 27 million Soviet people, over 16 million of which were civilians,” he said.

According to the lawmaker’s calculations, the total amount of damages could amount to between three and four trillion euros. Degtyaryov noted that other countries, first of all the ex-Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Belarus, could join the process and demand compensation from Germany.

The plan has already received support from other Russian MPs even though they acknowledged that it would be difficult to make Germany pay. “The overall damages received in the war must be calculated. We must know the negative effect of the German aggression to USSR’s development including the non-renewable losses in human capital,” said the head of the Lower House Committee for Defense, MP Vladimir Komoyedov (Communist Party). Komoyedov also noted that the chances of winning were extremely low, but it was still necessary to remind people about history and Russia’s role in it.[…]”